- Townsville: February, July
4 years full-time
or part-time equivalent
English (Units 3/4,C)
As you study the Bachelor of Business — Bachelor of Psychological Science joint degree, you will cultivate a balance between academic theory and practical ability — valuable to employers in both psychology and business. Develop an in-depth understanding of how human psychology impacts business and how the unique combination of knowledge and skills that you acquire in this degree can be implemented in a career with unlimited potential.
Study a curriculum designed by industry experts to ground your learning in contemporary research and real-world relevance. Take part in practical experiences through ground-breaking research, industry internship opportunities, and Work Integrated Learning (WIL). In your internship and WIL, you’ll have firsthand experience working in the field that sparks your interest. The professional connections that you make during these internships will not only increase your professional development but build your network to further opportunities post-graduation.
Gain the knowledge and skills to pursue the field that you’re most interested in or embrace the interrelationship of the two.
In your first year of this joint degree you will study core subjects relevant to all business majors and will learn about the pillars of a sustainable business. In your second year, you can tailor the degree to suit your interests by selecting a business major in either Human Resources Management, Management or Marketing for the Digital Age to become a business leader.
In the Bachelor of Psychological Science, you’ll take a behind the scenes look at the social, psychological, and biological factors that shape human behaviour. You will learn the importance of critical thinking as you explore the interconnection of social theories and experiences, which inform our understanding of ourselves and the people around us. Your understanding of what motivates people will give you a competitive edge in the world of enterprise. Whether you choose to pursue a career in human resources management, marketing or psychological science, or management, your knowledge of the wants and needs of the people that make up a demographic will enable you to operate effectively and strategically in the workplace.
Your psychological science studies allow you to tailor your degree by choosing from a range of specialised subjects, including forensic psychology, memory and cognition, cognitive neuroscience, and intercultural psychology. The Bachelor of Business has three majors for you to choose from. The majors and subjects that you choose in each degree can complement each other to deepen your knowledge in a specific area, or you can incorporate variety into your study, increasing the breadth of your expertise.
Bachelor of Business – Bachelor of Psychological Science
With the guidance and input of industry experts, JCU has created a joint Bachelor of Business and Psychological Science degree for students of business who wish to bolster their skillset with interpersonal and behavioural expertise. The degree is 4 years of full-time study or 8 years of part-time study. It covers various core subjects in both psychology and business studies during the first year before allowing students to choose two majors or a major and up to two minors. With a mix of conceptual learning and practical placement, this joint degree offers plenty of critical and strategic thinking as well as a host of networking opportunities that are invaluable to any young business student. Your practical learning will depend on your area of interest, which means you can meet professionals in your industry before graduating to get a head start.
The Bachelor of Psychological Science and Business marries two disciplines which currently scaffold each other. Successful enterprise revolves around knowing what people want, how they will act, and what influences them, all of which can be learned about through psychological science coursework. As a graduate, you will be highly valued by employers for your understanding of people and your ability to influence them towards your organisation.
The double degree of business and psychological science essentially allows graduates both to stand out and to have a much greater chance of success thanks to the practical overlap between disciplines.
Work Integrated Learning and Practical Experience
Regardless of the major you choose, you’ll have a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) component to your degree. The purpose of WIL is to allow you to test the concepts you’ve learned in a real-world setting. JCU teaches through experience because you do not truly understand a theory until you have seen it applied in reality. This is especially true in business and psychology, where theory alone does not net you any success.
The WIL also allows students to familiarise themselves with the different fields they have available to them and discover which one suits them the most. After all, the difference between genuine fulfilment and dissatisfaction is often a matter of choosing the wrong career. And at JCU, where an overwhelming percentage of students report post-graduation satisfaction, genuine fulfilment is a priority.
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Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Psychological Science.
The Bachelor of Business has three majors. Not all majors are available at all campuses. The handbook provides detail about subjects you can study within each major and the campuses each major is available at.
Human Resources Management
Discover what motivates employees and how you can boost performance and productivity in organisations. Learn how to effectively communicate, develop positive employment relations and create environments that help people thrive. Your passion for human resources can take you across industries within Australia and around the world.
Use your love of innovation, entrepreneurship and people-management to strengthen your employability. Learn how to lead businesses in highly competitive environments, solve complex organisational problems, plan effectively and hire the right employees. Managing finances, resources, and direct business operations with confidence in a fast-paced setting. You will learn a variety of transferable skills, important in managing a business or team in any industry.
Marketing for the Digital Age
Gain the skills to speak directly to your customers through traditional advertising, digital marketing and social media. Your creativity and understanding of people will help you to become an effective marketer, fulfilling the needs of your customers or growing a new customer base. Develop industry knowledge by creating sustainable marketing strategies for real-world businesses. Transfer your skills across organisations in private, public, and non-profit sectors and stand out in a competitive marketplace.
JCU Business-Psychological Science graduates combine the skills and knowledge of two disciplines to pursue rewarding careers across a range of industries.
You could find employment in counselling roles in business, community, or government organisations. Different subject choices could see you working in human resource management, professional development, market research, and more.
Entry score threshold
These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2023 . Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in June each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.
ATAR/Selection Rank: 69.40
Entry score range
This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the Bachelor of Business - Bachelor of Psychological Science for Semester 1, 2023. The table includes offers deferred to Semester 1, 2023 which may have been assessed using the entry score threshold of an earlier year.
<5 – indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers made.
* Refer to Adjustment Factors
Find out more about who you might study with by viewing this course’s student profile.
James Cook University applies bonus ranks under the Regional Preference Scheme and QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS). Learn more about JCU’s adjustment factors.
Information valid for students commencing in 2024
Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)
Professional accreditation status
This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Graduates of this course, who wish to become fully registered as psychologists, must complete an accredited fourth year course (e.g. BPsychSc(Hons) or GDipPsych) plus either a two year Psychology Board of Australia approved postgraduate program, or a one year Psychology Board of Australia approved postgraduate program plus one year of supervised practice.
Business, Law and Governance
English (Units 3/4,C)
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1– Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
96 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.
On successful completion of the Bachelor of Business graduates will be able to:
On successful completion of the Bachelor of Psychological Science, graduates will be able to:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Bachelor of Business - Bachelor of Psychological Science.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
BU1002:03 Accounting for Decision Making
BU1003:03 Principles of Economics
BU1104:03 Introduction to Management Concepts and Application
BU1105:03 Professional and Academic Skills for Business
BU1112:03 Business Law
PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology 1
PY1102:03 Exploring Psychology 2
PY1103:03 Critical Thinking in Psychology
PY1106:03 Communicating Psychology: Listening, Translating & Disseminating
PY2103:03 Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis
PY2107:03 Experimental Investigation and Analysis of Behaviour
BU2108:03 Marketing Matters
PY2111:03 Learning Processes, Behaviour and Performance
PY2112:03 Memory and Cognition
PY2101:03 Behavioural Neuroscience
PY2106:03 Developmental Psychology
PY3101:03 Psychological Research Methods and Interpretation
PY3102:03 Social Psychology
PY3107:03 Psychological Assessment
PY3108:03 Personality Psychology: Decoding the Mysteries of Humans
Select 6 credit points of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences subjects (from the following prefixes: AN, AR, AY, BA, CI, CN, CU, CY, EL, FR, GR, HI, IA, IT, JA, JN, NM, PL, PY, SS, SY, WC and WS) or any level 2 or 3 subjects.
Select a Business major from Table A
Table A (BUSINESS MAJORS)
Credit points in major
24 credit points
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Graduates of this course who wish to become fully registered as a psychologist must complete an APAC accredited, Level 2, fourth year course (e.g., Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) or Graduate Diploma of Psychology), followed by the completion of an accredited Masters degree (e.g., Master of Professional Psychology, with one further year of supervised practice or a Master of Psychology [Clinical]). Please refer to the Pathways to Registration as a Psychologist on the APAC website for more information
Supplementary exam for
A student who has failed the final subject towards the degree and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject
Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
60 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 20 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.
BACHELOR OF BUSINESS – BACHELOR OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
This is a joint degree
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Majors will appear on the testamur
Exit with lesser award
Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.
Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed ALL appropriate subjects for the relevant degree, may be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Psychological Science.
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Honours is available in each discipline as additional 24 credit points of study [end-on]
A student admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Business – Bachelor of Psychological Science at this university may be invited by the College Dean to undertake the Honours degree in Psychology if that student has
Completion of an AQF Level 7 bachelor degree that includes an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council approved three-year sequence in psychology completed within the past 10 years; and a minimum program GPA of 5.5; or
Completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council approved bridging degree that achieves foundational competencies within the past 10 years; and a minimum program GPA of 5.5
Special note: Applicants for the 2022 or 2023 intakes that have completed a JCU AQF Level 7 bachelor degree that includes an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council approved three-year sequence in psychology within the past 10 years, and that do not meet the above–stated entry requirement, may be assessed as a transitional arrangement under the previous entry requirement of a credit average (GPA 5.0) across PY2103, PY2107 and a minimum of a distinction average (GPA 6.0) across 15 credit points of level 3 PY subjects, including PY3101.
Normally a minimum average grade of Credit is required in the pass degree subjects relevant to the field in which Honours is to be taken.
An ATAR is the score required for entry into most undergraduate courses. If you are not a Year 12 school leaver or do not have an ATAR, you can be assigned an equivalent score. Scores are calculated from previous study that you might have completed, either secondary, tertiary or vocational, or previous paid employment experience.
JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university.
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Applicants with TAFE diplomas in Business, Business and Commerce Studies, Events, Hospitality, Human Resources Management, Management, and Travel and Tourism can apply for credit.
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ATAR score is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.
Bachelor of Business - Bachelor of Psychological Science
JCU provides me the opportunity to continue living and working in the tropics, while studying a joint degree that allowed me to follow both my professional and personal passions. I have been continually impressed by the lecturers and staff at the university and their support and encouragement.
Bachelor of Business - Bachelor of Psychological Science
The practical placement is the best part about the course as you can experience a career in the industry whilst being a student. You gain invaluable knowledge and a unique viewpoint into how these two rapidly growing sectors interact with each other and how particular factors will influence the workforce.
This degree cultivates a balance between academic theory and practical ability, both valuable and sought after skills by employers in psychology and business. You will understand how human psychology impacts business, combined with knowledge in the practical elements required for managing a sustainable business.
Dr Kerry McBain
College of Healthcare Sciences
Having an understanding of human behaviour - what motivates people, how they perceive the world, and why they make the decisions they do - is invaluable knowledge in business. The joint degree gives students a solid grounding in both the principles of business and of human behaviour.